Longfellow House – Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Worldwide, very few American homes have seen more history within their walls than the Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters. First, this Cambridge, Massachusetts, house was Henry W. Longfellow's home, where he wrote many renowned poems. It was also the home of his wife, Fanny, who was an acute observer of antebellum America. Additionally, George Washington introduced himself to the Continental Army at this spot on July 4, 1775. You can explore the National Park Service's efforts to tell the story of events as they unfolded for 200 years in this Georgian home, which was originally constructed in 1759. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Longfellow House – Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Take a guided tour of Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters. George Washington lived in the home for nine months while he was the head of the Continental Army. Then, 15 years later, Andrew Carnegie and his wife moved there. Visitors can see the rooms where Longfellow and his wife lived. Many of the rooms contain personal pieces belonging to its famous occupants. Once you tour the home, head outside to explore the formal garden. 

Hiking Trails



Nearby Shops and Restaurants

map-marker-alt-regular How to Get There

How To Get To Longfellow House – Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

It is a leisurely 1-mile stroll from Harvard University to Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site. If you park on campus, head west on Brattle Street until you reach Hawthorne Street. The site will be on your right. 


105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Fee: Entry fee $0

If walls could talk, the walls of the home at the Longfellow House–Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site would have an incredible story to tell. You can learn about how this house served as home to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for almost 60 years, served George Washington, and was home to Andrew Carnegie. As you go on the guided tour through this home's interior, you will see many family heirlooms that belonged to one of those families. You will also hear stories of how their efforts shaped the early United States. Located just a few steps away, explore Harvard University and its many museums. A great way to explore Cambridge is in an RV, so if you do not own one, then rent one on RVshare.com.